Monday 3 July 2017

Vintage three-drawer box with butterflies

I made this three-drawer box with butterflies for our July challenge: Things with wings.

On the Pinterest I created a board with vintage butterfly illustrations. While I was gathering the images I just realised that I could do it with Tim's stamps and that they look good on my three-drawer box too. 

Here is my box before:

First I painted brown with acrylic paint. Then I sanded with a soft sandpaper. 

After I painted white with DecoArt Americana White Wash paint. I put at least three coats. After this process I sanded the edges with a rough sandpaper.

Then I stamped the images one by one using the Ranger Archival ink (Potting Soil). Normally when I stamp onto a wooden box I use clear embossing powder after stamping but my craft room was renovated in June and I had to box and pack up everything and I still can't find my heat gun.

For the stamping I used two stamp sets of the Stampers Anonymous:

Flutter (CMS294) and Bird Feather (CMS180) by Tim Holtz. From the Bird Feather I needed the Fig1, Fig2, Fig3... piece.

After stamping I coloured the butterflies with Ranger Archival inks and I applied the ink with cotton buds onto the butterflies.  And since I couldn't use embossing powder when the Potting Soil ink from the outlines reacted with other Ranger colours, it dissolved a bit, so every colour became little bit brownish.

But it was no problem for me because I wanted to make a vintage box :-)

The Ranger Archival colours I used for the butterflies (Chrome Yellow, Sky Blue, Cobalt, Cornflower Blue, Pale Ochre:

In the end I inked the edges of the whole box with Coffee.

I hope you like it! And if you have a project with some wings, please don't hesitate to join our July challenge at the Country View Challenges where you can win a £20 voucher!


Craftyfield said...

The Vintage effect is perfect on the box and the butterflies! What a beautiful box, Monika!

Brenda Brown said...

This is absolutely delightful Monika, the gorgeous butterflies and soft vintage colours are fantastic, you did a great job with it xxx

Sue said...

This is beautiful Monika, you've done an amazing job with the colours and distressing, and the images are perfect xx

Hazel Agnew said...

It's a fabulous make Monika. Happy accident too with the brownish tones! Xx

Evelyn Walter said...

Hallo dear Monika! I love your little drawer box! It looks wonderfully vintage and the colors are perfect.
...........I hope, you still found your heating tool ;-)!
Have a wonderful weekend!
xxx Evelyn

butterfly said...

That is so beautiful, Monika - your vintage butterfly chest of drawers has really made me sigh with happiness. I do hope you find your heat gun some time!
Alison x